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Alan J. Torrance

Professor of Systematic Theology

Alan Torrance teaches and publishes in Christian doctrine and theology with particular respect to issues of personhood, political reconciliation and philosophical theology.

In July 2007 he and Professor Eric Priest FRS were awarded £65,300 by the Templeton Foundation to promote a major series of lectures on science and religion in St Andrews.

Education and career

  • MA (Philosophy)
  • BD (Systematic Theology)
  • Dr Theol (1.0, summa cum laude) University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
  • Chair of Systematic Theology, University of St Andrews (1999 - present).
  • Senior Research Fellow, Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame, 1998-1999 - while remaining in the employment of KCL.
  • Director Research Institute of Systematic Theology and Senior Lecturer, King's College London, 1993-1999.
  • Chair of Systematic Theology, Knox College, Dunedin (teaching in the University of Otago), 1987-1992.
  • Lecturer in Historical Theology, University of Aberdeen, 1984-1987.
  • Academic Assistant, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 1983-1984.

Academic Contributions

  • 2005 Bernhardt Lecturer, Lenoir, North Carolina.
  • 2005 Deere Lecturer, Golden Gate Seminary, San Francisco.
  • 2005 T&T Clark Annual Lecture: first theologian to be appointed - hosted by King's College London (cancelled due to family illness).
  • 2008 Hoon-Bullock Lectures, San Antonio, Texas.
  • 2009 Didsbury Lectures - to be published by Paternoster Press.

Recent participation in international research groups

  • 'Reconciliation and Politics' Research Project, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.
  • Mind, Brain and Personhood Research Project, San Diego and London.
  • Faith and Reason Research Project, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA.
  • Colloquium on 'Human Nature', Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • Research Project on Theology and the Built Environment, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Publications

Monographs

  • Persons in Communion: Trinitarian Description and Human Participation, Edinburgh, T & T Clark, 1996 (388pp).
  • The Theological Grounds for Advocating Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Sociopolitical Realm, Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland, 2006 (56pp).

Edited volumes

 

  • ed. (with John England) Doing Theology with Stories of the Spirit's Movement in Asia, ATESEA Occasional Papers Vol. 11, ed. John England and Alan Torrance, Singapore, 1991 (204 pages).
  • trans. (with Bruce Hamill), with introductory essay by myself, Eberhard Jüngel, Christ, Justice and Peace (from German: Mit Frieden Staat zu Machen), T&T Clark, 1992 (122 pages).
  • ed. (with Hilary Regan), with introductory essay by myself, Christ and Context, T&T Clark, 1993 (269 pages). This includes contributions from Gustavo Gutiérrez, Johann Baptist Metz, Janet Martin Soskice, Jürgen Moltmann, Elizabeth Moltmann-Wendel et al.
  • The Doctrine of God and Theological Ethics, ed M Banner and A Torrance, T&T Clark, 2006.
  • Scripture's Doctrine: Studies on the New Testament¿s Normativity for Christian Dogmatics, ed Markus Bockmuehl and Alan Torrance, Baker Academic, 2008.

Articles and chapters in academic books (since 2003)

  • 'God, Personhood and Particularity' and '"Call no man Father!": the Trinity, Patriarchy and Godtalk' - two chapters of Gospel and Gender, ed Douglas Campbell, Sheffield University Press, 2003
  • 'Analogy', Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Baker Academic Press, 2004
  • 'What is a Person?', From Cells to Souls, Malcolm Jeeves (ed), Eerdmans, 2004, 199-222.
  • 'Theism, Naturalism and Cognitive Science: Can the Academy make Sense of Itself?', in Science, Consciousness and Ultimate Reality, ed D Lorimer, Imprint Academic, 2004, 197-216.
  • 'Developments in Neuroscience and Human Freedom: Some Theological and Philosophical questions', in Science and Christian Belief, Vol 16 (2), 2004, 123-37.
  • 'On Whether Forgiveness has Boundaries', Public Theology for the 21st Century, ed W F Storrar, and A R Morton, 2004, 303-13.
  • 'The Theological Grounds for Advocating Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Sociopolitical Realm', The Politics of Past Evil, Notre Dame University Press, 2006, 65-121.
  • 'Auditio Fidei: Where and how does God speak? Faith, Reason and the Question of Criteria' in Reason and the Reasons of Faith, Paul Griffiths and Reinhard Hütter (eds), T&T Clark International, 2005, 27-52.
  • 'Open Society and the Problem of Closure in Accounts of Human Nature', On Human Nature - Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (ed  Malcolm Jeeves and Lord Sutherland), 2006, 257-83.
  • '"Introduction" to Section 4 "Sociality and Morality: Evolutionary, Developmental and Philosophical Perspectives"', with Professor Andrew Whiten, On Human Nature - Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (ed Malcolm Jeeves and Lord Sutherland), 201-6.
  • 'On the Theological Derivation of "Ought" from "Is"' in The Doctrine of God and Theological Ethics, ed M Banner and A Torrance, T&T Clark, 2006, 167-90.
  • 'The Lazarus Narrative, Theological History and Historical Probability', The Gospel of John and Christian Theology, ed Richard Bauckham and Carl Mosser, Eerdmans, 2008, 245-262.
  • 'Hermeneutics and the Homoousion', in Scripture¿s Doctrine: Studies on the New Testament¿s Normativity for Christian Dogmatics, ed Markus Bockmuehl and Alan Torrance, Baker Academic, 2008.
  • Society, Scepticism and the Problem of Moral Inversion: Some Reflections on Michael Polanyi's Social Philosophy' (for forthcoming volume on Michael Polanyi, ed Murray Rae).

Contact details

Alan Torrance
Professor of Systematic Theology

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)1334 462843
Fax: + 44 (0)1334 462852